Departments of Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Do you want to understand more about people and societies, and why individuals and groups make the decisions that they do? Do you want to use effective research-based strategies to help others? Do you want to empower better decision-making and help others overcome obstacles that negatively impact their well-being? Do you want to promote healthy neighborhoods, communities and societies? Do you want to provide individuals, families, or groups with various forms of assistance, such as financial aid, medical services or counseling? Do you want to work with children the elderly, victims of domestic violence, the homeless, criminal offenders or substance abusers?

    At Franciscan University of Steubenville, the department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work is committed to helping you to understand the human person, society and how to best implement change. All of this is done in light of the teachings of the Catholic Church, and in particular by emphasizing the importance and dignity of the human person and ethical behavior.

    In John10:10 we are told “I have come so that you might have life and have it to the full.” God seems to be summoning us to self-knowledge and growth to become more fully human. As a person moves toward an authentic existence he/she is moving towards the beauty of God’s image within him/her. Come and join us! Learn more about yourself, others, society and how to make a difference in the world.

  • The Core Curriculum

    This Core Curriculum "reflects our ongoing commitment to academic excellence and the integration of faith and reason. Based on the Western intellectual tradition, our Franciscan educational heritage, and the Catholic mission of Franciscan University, the new core purposefully exposes our students to more of the fundamental knowledge and critical authors they need to become well-educated Catholics" —Father Terence Henry, TOR, chancellor of Franciscan University of Steubenville

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  • Recent Blogs

    by Anne Hendershott
    For all of its flaws and fabrications, “The Hunting Ground,” Harvey Weinstein’s activist documentary film about sexual assault on college campuses, finally succeeded in helping to actually identify a real predator — the filmmaker himself. And, although some of his apologists like filmmaker Rob Reiner tried to excuse Mr. Weinstein’s predatory behavior...
    by Anne Hendershott
    In her speech last week on how colleges handle accusations of sexual assault., Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promised to “end the era of rule by letter” begun by the Obama administration. The reference was to the “Dear Colleague” letter sent to colleges and universities by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights on April 4, 2011, offering “guidance” but in effect mandating new procedures notably harsher toward the accused.
    by Anne Hendershott
    In a futile attempt to broaden its appeal, the Church of England in 2015 removed any mention of Satan from its baptismal ritual. Claiming to have “test-marketed” a simplified service throughout the United Kingdom, clergy concluded that asking parents and godparents to reject the devil and all rebellion against God, “put people off who are offended to be addressed as sinners.” Driven by powerful clergy within the Church of England, and approved by the General Synod in Kent, the new baptismal rite was an attempt to demonstrate their church was sufficiently progressive to longer need to renounce Satan in order to “live in the freedom of the children of God.”
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  • Dr. Stephen Sammut: Neuroscience and Faith

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